I doubt Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall is speaking for the entire AFC East when he says he wants the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis to reach an agreement before the season starts.
MarshallRevis"Well, of course, because in order to be the best, you got to go against the best," Marshall told reporters Wednesday, "and you would love to compete against someone of his caliber and make plays on him.
"It kind of gives you that confidence, kind of solidify yourself. So I would love to see him out there. I think it will get done. I don't think it's a matter of if, but when."
What would a Revis-Marshall matchup look like?
The last time they squared off was in 2008. Marshall had five receptions for 55 yards and no touchdowns against Revis. Marshall averaged 7.1 catches for 86.4 yards in his other games that season.
Four months ago, before Revis and the Jets became estranged from each other, Revis appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and discussed Marshall's arrival in the AFC East.
"The biggest thing with those receivers of [Marshall's] caliber is they're very tall and they're very explosive," Revis said. "They have the height to jump over the smaller DBs.
"One thing I would try to do is get physical with him as much as I can over the course of the game to try to get his mind a little cluttered and frustrate him."
Frustrate Marshall? That's a timely topic these days.
Marshall has been aggravated by a spate of drops. He dropped both passes thrown to him in Saturday's soggy preseason opener and dropped some more in Monday's practice. He grew so irritated he punted the ball after dropping it in the end zone during a drill.
"When I'm frustrated in practice, I'm going to be frustrated," Marshall said Wednesday. "Now, in the game it's a different story. I think in the game you don't want to give your opponent that edge. So you try to control your emotions.
"It's new to you guys [Dolphins reporters] because I'm a new guy, but a year from now you guys will be able to say 'Oh, that's just Brandon. That's how he performs. That's how he practices. He plays with a lot of emotions. He approaches the game with a lot of passion.' You don’t want to do that in the game, but it's practice."